World Cancer Day 2020

Hands from people of different backgrounds showing support for world cancer day 2020 through wearing unity bands

On 4 February we celebrate World Cancer Day 2020 – a day that unites people, communities and entire countries to raise awareness and take action. Show your support for life-saving research by wearing your Unity Band®, or making a donation.

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How can I get involved this World Cancer Day?

Donate through our partners

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This World Cancer Day we’re teaming up with our partners to help make it easier for you to support Cancer Research UK.

From digital banks, tech companies and well-known retail brands, we’ve got you covered whether you prefer to donate online or on the high street.


What is World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day 2020 Unity Bands

World Cancer Day is led by the UICC, the Union for International Cancer Control. Cancer Research UK is one of its thousand members from across 162 countries, and we also sit on the board. World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. No single person, organisation or country is going to beat cancer on its own. We must all work together to make faster progress on our goal of 3 in 4 people surviving cancer by 2034.

Why get involved?

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Cancer is a global challenge. In 2018, 18 million people world-wide were diagnosed with cancer. Today, thanks to research, 2 in 4 people in the UK survive their cancer for 10 years or more. The prospects of major advances in tackling cancer have never been greater, and international collaboration and funding are essential in realising these opportunities. By doing this Cancer Research UK can transform the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, benefitting people with the disease both here in the UK and around the world.


Jennifer's story

Picture of a family supporting world cancer day 2020

Jennifer was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013. She was prescribed cisplatin, a drug Cancer Research UK scientists helped to develop, alongside docetaxel, and in November 2013 she had her left lung removed.

Jennifer said: “I’m supporting World Cancer Day because without the kind of research that led to the development of cisplatin, I might not have been here today.”


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